The best concerts in November 2018
Jim James, leader of Louisville psych-roots-pop juggernaut My Morning Jacket, steps out for a gig in support of the recent Uniform Distortion—the most old-school MMJ-sounding record James has put together in years.
The Damned plays fast and loud, but at its best, the London punk institution also summons a gothy emotionalism. Here, original frontman Dave Vanian and guitarist Captain Sensible lead the umpteenth lineup of the group.
Put every sort of large-scale event into a blender and you might get something like Big Adventure. The self-described music, comedy, cosplay, gaming, sci-fi, fantasy, comic-con festival hits Costa Mesa this November with a mix of, well, all those things. Empire of the Sun, Modest Mouse, Phantogram and Cold War Kids top the music side of the two-day fest, with comedy from Patton Oswalt, Jim Jefferies, Hari Kondabolu, Kristen Schaal, Maria Bamford, Natasha Leggero, Ron Funches and more. Other activities include a dance stage, celebrity panels, live podcasts, exhibitors and more. Passes go on sale Friday, July 13 at 10am. Single-day tickets start at $39.50 during early bird pricing, with weekend passes for $69.50. The fest itself arrives November 3 and 4 at the OC Fair & Events Center (by the looks of the festival map, expect everything to be indoors, for better or worse).
A Day of the Dead celebration in name only, this fall edition of EDM mainstay HARD is back from, well, the dead for another year at L.A. State Historic Park. And what a return: Justice, Die Antwoord and Knife Party top the lineup, with additional performances from Cashmere Cat, Shiba San, Lee Foss, Felix Da Housecat and more. Tickets go on sale Thursday, September 27 at noon.
Celebrate Mexican heritage and music of all genres during this year’s massively expanded Tropicália Fest, with headlining sets from Morrissey, Cardi B, Chicano Batman, Kalu Uchis, Mac DeMarco and Mazzy Star. The two-day music fest arrives at the Queen Mary events park in November.
The skate punks in FIDLAR are the kind of guys we would have hung out with in high school—smart guys playing dumb. Their music sounds like throwing baloney on cars in parking lots to make polka dots in the paint (trust us), all pissy beer and loud guitars and snot rockets. The very NSFW video for “Cocaine” with Nick Offerman is a classic.
Celebrate remarkable singer-singwriter Joni Mitchell’s 75th birthday with a two-night concert that, on both nights, features covers performed by Glen Hansard, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Chaka Khan, Diana Krall, Kris Kristofferson, Los Lobos, Graham Nash, Seal, Rufus Wainwright, James Taylor, Brandi Carlile and Scarlet Rivera.
Dave Longstreth spent the past few years writing hooks and harmonies for Kanye West and Solange in Los Angeles before releasing last year’s self-titled Dirty Projectors, an avant-pop affair filled with polyrhythmics, jarring turns and heartbroken lyrics. Continuing the band’s ever-fluctuating lineup history, that album found the band turning into Longstreth’s solo project of-sorts. The project is a bit of a lonelier, more solemn beast than before, but we expect sparks on this year’s upcoming Lamp Lit Prose nonetheless.
The most outrageous member of the talented Wainwright musical dynasty, Rufus is a consummate showman with a declamatory voice and a limitless talent for melody. The Canadian singer brings his bold and dramatic but touching pop to L.A.
Perhaps no one in the indie-rock kingdom inspires quite the same chest-pummeling devotion as the shambling Bob Pollard and his troupe of beery veterans. Since reuniting in 2010, the band has released so many albums of its patented raw, hooky guitar pop that it’s been hard to keep up.